Man found dead in Essex fire


One man died and three of his relatives were taken to an area hospital yesterday after a fire ravaged an Essex mobile home, authorities said yesterday.

County firefighters who responded about 3 p.m. to the first block of Dovetail Lane were told by neighbors that someone was inside, said Elise Armacost, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Fire Department.

As firefighters extinguished the fire they found a man dead in the living room, Armacost said. The man lived in the home with his mother and his disabled adult brother, she said.

Edward Filipiak, 25, a neighbor, said he saw flames and the disabled man sitting on a back porch. He said he carried the man to safety and pulled the mother away from the fire.

The dead man's mother and brother, along with a niece, were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Armacost said.

Fire officials did not release the victims' names. The cause of the fire and the death were under investigation, Armacost said.

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